Holiday Events

Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival | November 20, 2015 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Embarcadero Center is brightening the holidays this year with the 29th Annual Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival! A perfect event to share with the family, the Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival will kick off at 4:00pm with a host of fun activities for the kids; including carnival games, face painting, a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, interactive arts and crafts booths, balloon twisters, musical performances, a very special appearance by Mickey Mouse, and more!

At 6:00pm, gather around the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center Presented by Hawaiian Airlines for live ice skating and musical performances, followed by a sneak peek performance from Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Then tilt your head to the sky for a dazzling pyrotechnic (fireworks) spectacular, designed to complement the highlight of the evening — the initial lighting of Embarcadero Center’s office towers, with a dramatic illumination of San Francisco’s skyline, featuring 17,000 lights throughout the holiday season.

So bring your kids, your cameras, and your holiday spirit, because the Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival is the must attend event of the holiday season!

BLCC-944x705Holiday Ice Rink | November 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over twenty-five years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines opens each winter for nine magical, fun-filled weeks. Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. This year’s skating kicks off on November 4, 2015 and continues through January 3, 2016.

Contact Information
Phone: 415.837.1931

Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building.

General Admission – $11
Children (7 & under) – $6
Skate Rental – $5

Hours of Operation
November 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Open 10:00am – 9:30pm, Sunday-Thursday (open until 11:30pm on December 31)
Open 10:00am – 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday
90-minute sessions start at every even hour.

Group Rates
Mondays – Thursdays (pending availability)
15 or more – $1.00 discount per person
25 or more – $2.00 discount per person
75 or more – $2,250 single session, $3,950 double session (must rent entire rink and includes use of tent area) $1000 per session with use of tent without rental of entire rink.

Birthday Party Packages
$300.00 – Includes admission, skate rental for up to 10 people, decorated “party area”, birthday cake, and soft drinks. (Guests in excess of 10 people will be charged an additional $14.00 each.)

Sessions Closed for Private Events
November 17th – 6pm Session
November 18th – 6pm, 8pm Sessions
November 19th – CLOSED
November 20th – 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm Sessions
December 1st – 4pm, 6pm Sessions
December 2nd – 6pm Session
December 3rd – 6pm, 8pm Session
December 7th – 4pm, 6pm Sessions
December 8th – 4pm, 6pm, 8pm Sessions
December 9th – 4pm, 6pm Sessions
December 10th – 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm Sessions
December 14th – 4pm, 6pm Session
December 15th – 12pm, 6pm Sessions
December 16th – 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm Sessions
December 17th – 4pm, 6pm Session
January 3rd – 8pm, 10pm Sessions


The Rink may be closed due to inclement weather or private-party bookings. For the most current information, call 415.837.1931.


Photos with Santa at Embarcadero Center

For the first time ever, Santa Claus is making a special trip directly from the North Pole and will be visiting Embarcadero Center. Bring your wish list to meet Santa Claus on select days throughout the holiday season at the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center in Justin Herman Plaza.

One complimentary photo will be provided per photo session. Photos courtesy of Night Owl Photo Booth.

• November 21 & 28 from 1-4pm
• December 5 & 12 from 1-4pm
• and December 19 – 24 from 1-4pm

Stay tuned for more details. *Restrictions will apply.


Free Holiday Parking | November 20, 2015 – December 24, 2015

Embarcadero Center is making it even easier to shop and dine this holiday season. Starting November 20th, shop and dine at any Embarcadero Center shop or restaurant, or skate at the Holiday Ice Rink, and receive free parking!

The holiday parking promotion will be in effect Monday through Friday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, plus any four hours* on weekends starting Friday, November 20, 2015 through the end of the day on Thursday, December 24, 2015. On Friday, November 20th, validation will begin at 4:00pm for those who attend the Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival.

* Offer may not be valid at businesses or restaurants that already offer their own validation. Sticker must be affixed to parking ticket to be valid.

Mark your calendar and grab your shopping list! Embarcadero Center retailers and restaurants are ready and waiting to make your holiday shopping experience the easiest and best ever. It’s just another great reason to shop, dine, and save at Embarcadero Center!